Monday, April 2, 2012

The Green B Garden: Part 1

Here at the hive we are planting our very first organic veggie garden. I emphasize "very first" as I am learning as I go and have no real idea of what I am doing! I spent the winter months researching garden "how tos", talking to those "in the know" (i.e. my parents and grandparents), and finally committing to a plan I felt was doable for a beginner. 

Today was day one. My husband kindly rented a tiller for the day and upon arriving home said, “Do you know how to use this?” "Sure, Sure, of course!!"  ;)

"We've got this Mommy!"

After a brief phone tutorial from my dad and a few YouTube videos, I was up and running!

Today I tilled my 8 X 8 area (we are starting small) again, a  "beginner garden". I am loosely going by a mix of a couple plans I found on the Better Homes and Gardens website. One is a children’s garden and one is a small veggie garden. You can see the plans here.

All American Veggie Garden

Easy Children's Garden

 This is what I accomplished today..

-walked off an 8 x 8 area of an “all day sun” section of our yard
-tilled the area to break up the ground
- raked and shoveled grass and rocks from the area (I used the displaced soil and grass to fill holes in our yard)
-tilled again
-added peat moss and manure
-tilled again
-raked some more to remove remaining grass and rocks
-cleaned up surrounding perimeter

She found a nice collections of worms by the time we were done. (Poor worms!)

Now the garden area will sit for a week. I don’t have a recommendation for the peat moss and manure, I told my husband to get whatever they had organic. Anyway, this is just what he got, I’m not sure what brands etc. are best at this point.

Ready for veggies!!
Stay tuned! Next weekend is Easter and we will be traveling for the weekend but we plan to pick back up on our garden plans once we return! (more info to come as to what we are planting etc.)

Please let me know if you have any specific questions or have any suggestions for me!

Happy gardening!



  1. How awesome Brandy! Can't wait to see the finished product.

    PS. I had no idea your yard was so big!

  2. You are training Ella to become a great little helper! Its another great memory for the two of you to share. But hopefully her future best friend knows what their in for when he or she comes over :)

  3. I'm so happy to see Ella enjoying this. This garden will be beautiful.

  4. Great Job! Looks like you and Ella had a good time in the yard. You need a straw hat to go with those overalls if you are going for the southern gardner look.

    Can't wait to see the results!

  5. great job! and i agree with monica, i didn't know your yard was that big either...